Songkran is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's Day from April 13 to 15. It is observed nationwide and has also become a major attraction for visitors. A main celebratory highlight is when people throw water at one another in the spirit of Songkran.
Loy Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. Nang Noppamas, a young queen of the Sukhothai kingdom, created a lotus-shaped “krathong” and let it float down the river. The king was impressed with the beauty and the ceremony has been in place ever since for Thai people to join together to float their “krathong” to pay respect to the Goddess of Water and to set their troubles and grievances adrift while asking for good luck in the future.